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Duck Dog Manners and Boat Safety

Your goal should be to get your retriever comfortable with the idea of being in, and working out of, a boat. Here's how.

Duck Dog Manners and Boat Safety
© Tony J. Peterson

In past columns I’ve covered duck boat introduction, which involves confidence building steps with the boat first on land, and then on the shore, and finally in the water. Throughout those steps, the goal is to get the dog comfortable with the idea of being in, and working out of, a boat.

This is a must for anyone who owns a retriever that will hunt out of a boat. The soft introduction should involve not only retrieving from the boat, but eventually also how your dog will get back into the boat. Whether that involves a ladder, or maybe just you putting your hand on the back of the dog’s head to give him the leverage to get back in, you’ve got to run through all of...

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